OUR LEADERS



The staff and leadership at First Baptist Church of Plainfield love, care, and pray for every single person in the church.  If you have any questions, please reach out to them at office@firstbaptistplainfield.org or 317-839-8163.

  • dUSTY cOWELL

    pASTOR

    Dusty is married to Debbie and they have three grown daughters:  Darci, Deann, and Denae. Dusty graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.  He has served as a pastor for over 25 years.  He enjoys hiking, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his wife.   

    Email: dcowell@firstbaptistplainfield.org

  • Joyce CASTLEMan

    Children's Pastor

    Joyce is married to Aaron and have one daughter, Beth.  Joyce graduated from Southern Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Christian Education.  She has led children, youth, family, adult, senior adult, Sunday school, small group, women, spiritual enrichment, and congregational care ministries.  

    Email:  jcastleman@firstbaptistplainfield.org


  • NIKKI EDRINGTON

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

    Nikki graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Bible and religion. She grew up at First Baptist before moving away during her teen years. She has a collection of more than 300 books and spends her spare time reading, blogging, and operating her photography business. Nikki also enjoys hiking, fishing, and making music, and she cannot wait to adopt her first dog.

    Email: nedrington@firstbaptistplainfield.org

  • Jess Smothers

    Interim Youth Director

    Jess is a graduate of Anderson University and is currently taking classes toward her Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary.

  • Linda Hood

    Administrative Assistant

    Linda and her husband John have two grown children. They lead a small group, and Linda plays in the Church Bell Choir. Linda enjoys cooking, reading, and mowing the grass.  

    Email:  office@firstbaptistplainfield.org

  • John and Reann Poray

    INSPIRATION SERVICE dIRECTORS

    John and Reann have been members of First Baptist for more than 20 years.  Reann is a librarian at the Plainfield Public Library, and John is the executive director of a national engineering organization.  They love all types of activities, especially spending time with their family, which includes two grown sons.

  • Griffin Dunaway

    cELEBRATION sERVICE dIRECTOR

    Griffin joined his church worship team at age 16, providing vocals and playing guitar.  He served our country in the United States Coast Guard from 2012-2016 and led praise and worship for his fellow servicemen.  Griffin later returned to his home church at Mt. Pleasant Baptist, serving on the worship team.  He joined First Baptist in 2017.


  • BROOKS WAGLER

    Facilities Manager

    Brooks served in the United States Army as an Infantryman from 2006-2009 with a combat tour in Iraq from 2007-2008.  Some of his medals include the Global War on Terrorism Service, Iraq Campaign, National Defense Service, and Army Commendation.  Brooks is married to Jennifer, and they have four children.  He enjoys bike rides and camping with his family.